08/11/2012 5:17PM

Saratoga: Center Divider goes five furlongs; Sword Dancer start probable

Barbara D. Livingston
Center Divider ran second in the Man o' War off a layoff.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Chad Brown was able to work his turf specialist Center Divider after the second renovation break at the Oklahoma training track on Saturday. A Grade 1-placed son of Giant’s Causeway, Center Divider completed an easy five furlongs in 1:03. Center Divider returned from a 10-week layoff to finish second in the Grade 1 Man o’ War on July 14.

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“He worked well, and we’re probably going to take a shot and run him in the Sword Dancer,” said Brown. The trainer credited jockey Rosie Napravnik with “a great tactical race in the Man o’ War. It was a tall task because he was off a layoff and wasn’t totally cranked. We had some soft fractions in our favor, but I was proud of the way the horse held second. He had a decent race over this turf course last year in the John’s Call and showed me he handled this course well.”

The Grade 1 Sword Dancer will be decided at 1 1/2 miles on the turf here Saturday.